Green thumbs thrive at Mount Druitt Hospital

Young patient Katie and her mother Jessica-lee Tang planted the first vegetables in the new garden beds.

Children will be growing and picking their own fruit and veggies at Mount Druitt Hospital thanks to some hard yakka from local Bunnings staff.

In their familiar red shirts, the Bunnings team worked up a sweat building two garden beds yesterday after the hardware giant donated all the necessary materials.

Six-year-old patient Katie was the first to try her hand at gardening, planting some lettuce in the fresh soil.

Mount Druitt Hospital Children’s Ward nurse unit manager Kate Lowe thanked Bunnings and the staff for their contributions.

Bunnings staff members Dominique and Kylie dig deep to plant all the fresh produce.

“We are thrilled that these garden beds will help explain to younger kids where fruit and vegetables come from, an adaption of the popular ‘Paddock to Plate’ program,” Kate said.

“Children who are well enough to be outdoors will be offered supervised lessons with the garden beds and hand pick the vegetables.

“We hope by December this year, this garden will be transformed into a greener landscape with artificial grass, a real-life mini car for kids to play on, musical instruments for use in the outdoors just to name a few items.”

Katie from Rooty Hill had the honour of planting the first lettuce in the new garden bed.

Bunnings Minchinbury activities organiser Narelle Hunt said there is no better feeling than supporting those who need it most.

“We love getting out there and helping the community,” Narelle‎ said.

Bunnings donated two garden beds, potting mix, vegetable seedlings and gardening tools.

To donate to the Children’s Ward garden or Mount Druitt Hospital, contact the general manager’s office on WSLHD-BMDHexec@health.nsw.gov.au